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These Vitamins can Help You Avoid Diabetes

Diabetes can be controlled. While there is no cure yet, a change of lifestyle will help you live a long life with the proper application of diet, exercise and supplementation.

Diabetes is a scourge of the modern world brought about by a lifestyle of improper diet, lack of exercise and high stress levels.

According to the media and the medical establishment, all you need to do is eat a proper diet and exercise. Unfortunately, this leaves out one key ingredient; supplementation. The food we buy at the grocer lacks essential vitamins and minerals. Further the pesticides and other treatments do nothing but add to the toxicity of the body.

While the majority of people in our developed nations don't meet the acceptable RDA levels as set by government health authorities, diabetics are particularly vulnerable to the complications that strike them. As a diabetic you lose far more nutrients through the kidneys than the average healthy adult. The kidneys, in order to rid the body of excess glucose, passes vitamins along with that sugar and out into the urine. To prevent neuropathy and retinopathy, you cannot rely on prescription medications. Supplementing will help you better avoid the complications.

It's the lack of vitamins and minerals that leads to the faster aging process that diabetics experience. It's crucial to replace what is lost and flushed down the toilet.

Some of the most important vitamins for the diabetic are: Vitamin C; E and B-complex. Besides these, vitamins A, D and K can also prevent the onset of diabetic complications.

But supplementing with vitamins are only the first step. For years you've lived a lifestyle that has brought you the disease and taking a few vitamins will not reverse or cure your diabetes unless you take a full approach to changing the lifestyle that has made you sick. That includes losing excess weight and exercising regularly. Vitamins can help, but they will not be effective unless you take an active approach to your healt.

If you are diabetic and want to avoid the complications so common, here are the essential vitamins that can help you stay healthier longer:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a molecule similar to glucose and like glucose it needs insulin to get into your cells. Even if you take adequate amounts of this vitamin, as a diabetic you still have a deficiency of vitamin C. You need to take much more than the average person.

We all know that a lack of vitamin C leads to scurvy. But there's more to this important vitamin: Poor wound healing; less immunity to infections; excessive bleeding; elevations in cholesterol and a depressed immune system. Vitamin C is required for immune system function and the manufacture of collagen, the main protein substance of the body. Taking vitamin-C helps maintain the elasticity and functioning of the blood vessels and maintains proper blood pressure control. It has a mild effect on improving blood sugar control.

Supplementing with Vitamin-C is an absolute necessity for diabetics. A supplement of 2000 mg (milligrams) has been shown to reduce the glycosylation of proteins in the blood and helps avoid the toxic accumulation of sorbitol inside the cells. Citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin-C as are vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Vitamin E: This important vitamin acts as an antioxidant to protect against the dangers of damage to cell membranes and nerve cells. The delicate nerve cells in the eyes, hands and feet are particularly vulnerable to damage. With no feeling in the feet, infection can set it. Amputation and blindness are the two most severe results of a lifestyle lived wrong. Vitamin E helps against free radical damage that occurs from high LDL cholesterol levels.

It improves the function of blood vessels and the cell lining.

It increases magnesium concentration within the cells and decreases levels of C-reactive proteins and other inflammatory compounds.

Vitamin E increases levels of glutathione which is important for the antioxidants within the cells.

It helps increase blood flow to the eyes.

Finally, this vitamin helps improve kidney function, very important for the diabetic. Many diabetics suffer from kidney disease and the primary group on dialysis.

If you choose to supplement with vitamin E, make sure you use the natural form of the vitamin. Alpha tocopherol is the natural form of vitamin E. "dl-" is the synthetic form. Your body only recognizes the natural form.

Vitamin B-3: Niacin helps in the burning of calories and, like the mineral chromium, is an essential component of GTF (glucose tolerance factor) that helps move glucose through cell membranes. It has been shown to lower the need for insulin in type 1 diabetics, improve pancreas beta function and improve blood glucose regulation. The best form of niacin is inositol hexaniacinate which helps reduce fats in the blood and has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 18%, triglycerides by 26% and increase the good HDL cholesterol by 30% when 1800 to 3000mg is used daily. Both niacin and niacinamide make up an important part of the B-3 complex. Niacinamide plays a role in energy production.

Vitamin B-6: Also called pyridoxine, it plays a part in the chemical transmitters in the nervous system, red blood cells and prostaglandins. B-6 helps against nerve damage to the feet and eyes. Many diabetics are deficient in B-6 and a number of other essential vitamins. It also is beneficial for gestational diabetes, brought on by pregnancy.

These are the most important vitamins necessary and can help you maintain health and control your blood sugar levels. Take an active approach now before you experience the result of years of neglect.

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